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Biological and Medical Physics Major

Biological and Medical Physics

Admission Requirements

Solving Complex Human Health Challenges

  Engage in Distinct Science Courses

Notable to the University of Guelph, students can also take a Science Communications course to develop activities to help people understand the concepts of physics.

 Improve Human Health and Medical Fields

Gain experience in modern medical imaging and clinical applications of bio-physics.

 Gain Laboratory Experience and Recognition

Our students graduate with exceptional laboratory experience, with a high rate of student award reception and authoring/co-authoring papers in respected physics research journals.

Why Biological and Medical Physics?

This major combines the best of both worlds: the University of Guelph’s strength in the biological sciences and physics concepts applied to healthcare and medical field advancements, through courses like Biophysics of Excitable Cells, Radioactivity and Radiation Interactions, Molecular Biophysics, and Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine.

Students in the Biological and Medical Physics (BMPH) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Biomedical Science, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Physical Science, Physics, Theoretical Physics, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry I
  • Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
Semester 2
  • General Chemistry II
  • Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
  • Discovering Biodiversity

Semester 3
  • Advanced Calculus I
  • Applied Differential Equations
  • Thermal Physics
  • Electricity and Magnetism I
Semester 4
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Biophysics of Excitable Cells
  • Experimental Techniques in Physics
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism II

Semester 5
  • Science Communication
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics I
Semester 6
  • Computational Methods in Materials Science
  • Intermediate Laboratory
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Molecular Biophysics

Semester 7
  • Radioactivity and Radiation Interactions
  • Advanced Physics Laboratory
  • Research in Physics (or 0.50 electives)
  • Medical Imaging Modalities (or 0.50 electives) 3, 4
Semester 8
  • Research in Physics (or 0.50 electives) 3
  • Clinical Applications of Physics in Medicine (or 0.50 electives) 3, 4

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Biological and Medical Physics co-op is a five-year program, which includes five work terms. This co-op prepares students for their work terms by helping them develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills. 

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